Ajax's 2-3-5 'Inverted Pyramid' Formation Is The Definition Of Fearless Football
The great Johan Cruyff always encouraged the game of football to be played without fear.
It's clear that his influence has come to the fore under current Ajax manager Erik ten Hag, a man that has revolutionised and revitalised this famous Dutch side since his appointment in late 2017.
Ten Hag's tactics are clear; high press, possession play and risk taking.
These are just three key elements of his beliefs, but then you've got his attacking full-backs who aren't afraid to push forward to provide further attacking options.
There are so many elements to this youthful, but composed team.
"Al fútbol se debe jugar sin miedo"
Johan Cruyff pic.twitter.com/MmBqtqEMIX
- Nico Pedrucci (@Takesh1Tatsum1) April 10, 2019
In Tuesday night's game against Spurs - just like they did against Juventus in the previous round - Ajax persisted with the inverted pyramid while in possession.
This is a compact formation that allows the team to counter and defend in equal measure.
Of course, ten Hag's outlook is similar to Pep Guardiola's, but we can't help but admire this unique style of play.
tell why no manager can beat this 2-3-5 played by Ajax and Man City...
Contain with low defense line sitting deep with equal defensive head (5) with 2 deep holding DM who can hold play https://t.co/m6gf4nzDT2
- Olúwásetèmi (@setemiojo) May 1, 2019
Ten Hag's use of Frenkie de Jong, a versatile player who mops up the lines between defense and midfield, is also vital in his plans.
While Matthis de Ligt and Daley Blind are seasoned ball-playing centre-backs, bringing more creative players into play.
Barcelona are certainly getting themselves a talent in the 21-year-old De Jong, who dominated from the get go, while de Ligt has also been linked with a move to the Camp Nou.
Frenkie de Jong's first half vs. Spurs by numbers:
100% final third pass accuracy
100% tackles won
95% pass accuracy
2 ball recoveries
Completed more passes than any other player on the pitch. :clap::clap::clap: pic.twitter.com/J1M8shvjQI
- Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) April 30, 2019
De Ligt is bossing the more experienced Vertonghen in the stats department. #UCL
:tv::arrow_right: https://t.co/9rqNjwsPuB pic.twitter.com/KZflqcch0J
- LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV) April 30, 2019
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